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The Trouble with Half a Moon

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Ever since her brother's death, Dellie's life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time, and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault.

But Dellie's world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly, men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Puffin Books (first published 2011)
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Ashley Daviau
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book expecting a cutesy, simple story as it is meant for ages 10 and up. But what I got was so much more than that. This story was beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. The fact that it dealt with a very real issue made it even more stunning and made me fall completely in love with it. The characters were so well developed and that made becoming attached to them inevitable. This is truly a stunningly beautiful story and the fact that it ends it such a sad yet realistic way ma ...more
Taylor Knight
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Half a Moon is such a heartbreaking story and beautifully written.
Because this book is told from the perspective of such a young girl, it made it so much more emotional.
I wasn't a big fan of the direction of Miss Shirley's character and I wished there was more communication between Dellie and her parents.
But other than that, I really enjoyed the story. It was a pretty short book but it didn't feel rushed. I really like the writing style and I loved Corey and Dellie's friendsh
merina rey
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ending felt a little rushed, but that aside, this story was beautiful. Heartbreaking and gut wrenching at times, but beautiful.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yep, I wrote this and even after all this time, I still like (love) it! ;)
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I volunteered with the organization Behind the Book, and the students were working on a project based on this book, so I decided to read it, too. It was so incredibly sad, though beautifully told in a way that kids could process the feeling that came with difficult topics. This is definitely a book I would have enjoyed reading when I was younger.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one om favorites. It will take you through heart break, fear, and happiness. This book will take you through a teenage girl Dellie's life that is filled with sorrow. Her younger brother dies and she feels guilty. Her parents won't let her outside because they are afraid of anything happening to her. She worries for Corey a abused 5 years old that lives in her apartment. This book has tragedy, friendship, and boy drama. This book is only 200 pages but it has a amazing story that i wo ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
On paper this book sounds heartbreaking, the actual delivery was not so heartbreaking. Yes Corey is adorable and his story is upsetting, but there were so many little things that bugged me about this story I couldn't really get into it emotionally. My main problem was with Miss Shirley. Let's put it this way: Miss Shirley is magical and she makes everything all better. I wasn't expecting the magical elements and I didn't like them either. I understand putting in a wise elder figure, but making h ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review on Reader's Dialogue:

The voice of the novel, told in Dellie's words, is completely engaging and so real. It's straightforward, clear, and emotional at all the right points. Dellie's feelings are clearly portrayed, through her own words and through the things she does and the way she reacts to everything. Without Dellie coming straight out and telling the reader, her thoughts and reactions are very clear from the way she talks about what's goin
Edward Sullivan
Vivid, affecting story about a family struggling to heal from great personal tragedy. An impressive debut novel.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Trouble with Half a Moon" is a beautifully written story about a girl named Dellie as she has to overcome challenges between friendship, love, and emotional problems with one of her siblings. This book along with being enjoyable has many similarities with Danette Vigilante's later book like "saving baby doe"(which i strongly recommend checking out if you like this book as well). In the book Dellie grows up in a not so wealthy family, and the family all are depressed about an incident in whi ...more
Melissa McGuire
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kath West
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book hurt my heart in so many ways, but then warmed me completely at the same time. Definitely tw for child abuse and panic, but worth the read. I will definitely be reading this one again.
Sandra Guzman
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book love the story.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
It's a tragic story with a satisfying ending. Everything falls into place. I like it more than I thought! ...more
Paula Angus
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though it’s aimed at a younger audience, it’s a beautiful read! A lot more emotional than I expected, really enjoyed it.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
This was originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante was a sweet story. Looking back over the notes I wrote while reading this book, and just after, 'sweet' is the word that kept popping up.

Dellie is struggling with grief and guilt after the death of her younger brother. He died in an accident that she blames herself for. It's been a year since his death and her family is struggling. Her mom won't let her leave the house,
Susan Ashcraft
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I don't normally read or review middle grade or teen novels. But I decided to take a chance on this one because the synopsis intrigued me. I picked it up around 10 o'clock at night. I was only going to read the first chapter just to get an idea of the books flow and characters. Next thing I know its 230 in the morning and I'm sitting with the book in one hand, wiping away tears with the other. An incredibly touching book, with real insight into what a young girl of 13 feels about life, love, fri ...more
Talitha Rae
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and warming. Excellent read.
Medeia Sharif
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet MG novel about a thirteen-year-old girl named Dellie who has suffered the loss of her brother. She's not allowed to go out much because her mother wants to keep her only remaining child safe, yet her building has an increase in crime. Dellie bonds with an abused five-year-old boy in her building named Corey, meanwhile things are becoming rocky with her best friend Kayla. THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON is a quick, enjoyable read with interesting facets of love, loss, being protected ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very touching and beautiful story about family, friends, and faith. A huge lesson learned.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING right when you thinbknothing else can happen theres another suprise
Katie Young
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not excepting much but loved it . Such a heart-rending story told by a girl going through a hard time. Love it . It's a easy read. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good and suspenseful.... I really like it it was super intense. VERY GOOD BOOK! READ IT!!!
Eye of Sauron
This is a cute little novel that reminds younger readers of the importance of healthy emotional relationships and the psychological trauma of loss. It fits together nicely, with realistic if generalized characters and a natural if slightly clichéd story.

Like a lot of similar novels, the characters' defining characteristics expand perhaps a bit too much to encompass the majority of their identities (e.g. Alexa is the jealous and annoying one, the mom is the mournful and overly cautious one, etc.)
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think this book just tried to cram too many things into such a short book. It tackled grief, death, abuse, betrayal and pretty much anything else under the sun. It also seemed like the main character was replacing her younger brother. I just felt like this could have been executed better.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been trying to make a conscious effort to read books with more POC main characters. This story is well done and I wouldn't recommend against it, but for me it wasn't anything more than average.

The main character is well rounded. She fights with her parents, is bad at math, has a crush, is dealing with grief, and struggles with friendships (new, with Corey, and old with Kayla). But her closure felt rushed and there wasn't a great enough emotional catharsis.

THEN the random magic that happens
Katrina Burchett
Delijah (Dellie) is thirteen years old and she’s in the seventh grade. She is her mother and father’s only child, but that wasn’t always the case. Her parents had a son, she had a little brother, his name was Louis, but now he’s gone; died at the young age of five.

Corey just moved into the building where Dellie lives. His father isn’t around and his mother treats him badly. He is a little boy in need of a friend.

Diana (Dellie’s Mother): She had a fear of losing the only child she had left, and
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

After her brother died in a tragic accident, Dellie is devastated. Her parents become depressed and won’t let her out of the house by herself. Dellie feels that she has nobody to turn to. The majority of the kids at her school are mean to her, and her only friend, Kayla, is self-conscious about being poor. She feels lost and alone, until Corey moves in.
Corey lives on the first floor of their apartment building. One day, a bullet is shot through the door of Corey’s house, and after that, Corey
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I'm not exactly sure how I came about receiving this ARC, as I don't typically read Teen realistic fiction, but the subject matter was enticing as I read the back of the book, then proceeded to read the book.

This is a brief book, short in it's page numbers and printed with a line and a half spacing between text lines. This makes the book a quick read and I did read it within a day but the story does make one slow down one's normal reading speed as it is a poignant story with
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dellie's family has been wracked by the death of her brother. Her parents, who have been in counseling for months, are struggling to keep going. Her mother, has become distant and over-protective of Dellie while her father finds himself having to follow her around to make sure she is safe so his wife will not worry. Neither seems to notice that Dellie is fighting her own personal guilt. She can't help but wonder if their is something she could have done to save her brother Louis from the acciden ...more
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